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Trent Richardson and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (with Dont'a Hightower photo-bombing in the background).
Cleveland Browns, Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate
Trent Richardson is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson—may even be better—and everyone knows it.
On top of that, the Cleveland Browns are stuck between a rock and a hard place with their quarterback situation.
Colt McCoy, the former Texas quarterback that lost to the Tide in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game (as he sat on the bench with an "injury"), has been a decent performer for the Browns for two years now.
However, decent isn't good enough to win a division that has perennial Super Bowl contenders in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. To top it off, the Browns have to play the Cincinnati Bengals, who have two amazing, young second-year players in A.J. Green and Andy Dalton (who were both Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates in 2011), as well as former Tide player Dre Kirkpatrick at cornerback.
That's why the Browns drafted 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State.
McCoy has struggled a bit in the NFL, and Weeden, despite his age, is still a rookie and is unfamiliar with the speed of the NFL defenses that are infinitely greater than the porous Big 12 defenses.
As a result, the Browns will rely heavily on a strong running game, just like they did in 2010 when Peyton Hillis ran wild.
These reasons give him a good shot at being the Offensive Rookie of the Year, but as a 'Bama fan, I won't hold my breath. As good as Richardson is, he's likely to be overshadowed by two other offensive rookies.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, both incoming rookies who will start from Game 1, are supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread and will likely end up being better than cinnamon toast with butter and sugar.
If Richardson can run for some crazy yards (such as 1,600-plus) the award is all his. It all depends on how much faith the coaching staff has in their quarterbacks, which is likely little.
Expect Richardson to tote the rock more than any running back in the NFL in 2012 and take home the honors.